Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Simply Observations

I've noticed Sixty Minutes getting all peppy about political figures using their political funds for slush funds and hiring relatives off the practice. It's amazing.....this was a prime story back around the 2001-period and spoken about to a great extent. And now....CBS Sixty minutes acting like it's a big new story? It kinda shows how bad investigative journalism has fallen over the past decade....finding old news....renewing the title and acting like it's big stuff.

The whole background to the ObamaCare failure? Well.....you hire a vice-president of a company to go high-political and get connections. That VP goes and gets a big contract for the company for around 98-million dollars, which comes only because of connections and a political donation. The company is smart....they build this database program around software design of a decade ago....which most insurance companies knew and used....at least in 2003/2004. You build this almost obsolete program....to corner the government in a year or two....forcing them to pay you 'fix-it', and then you convince them to pay more....to replace it. We are at the $500-million point right now....with a broke program, and by January....they will have spent another $500-million....making this billion dollar deal a comedy of sorts. Who should be held responsible? That's the big question....someone has to be fired.

The French are terribly upset that NSA has gathered up their phone records and recorded conversations. They've asked for the ambassador to come by and explain things, and yesterday....they had President Obama call. The best they got....was that there ought to be some talks over this. I would imagine that the President will just ask them for the information....rather than having the NSA drill into their systems. The French will stand there in amazement....then comply. The question would be.....do we even have French translation folks to run through billions of emails or phone traffic?


Finally, some group did science research and have this interesting idea.  Folks who have poor sleep....on a continual basis....have a higher rate of Alzheimer's.  There's no concrete reason given...mostly speculation over the build-up of plaque on the brain.  This might take another five years to develop the idea.....but it would start to explain better ways of fighting Alzheimers.....which generally would relate back to getting folks eight decent hours of sleep.  A hundred years ago....as the sun went down.....folks generally got tired, and fell asleep, and didn't get up until the sun rose.  We've lost that habit.

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